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AMS Awards Certifiers for Contributions to Organic Database
New York Ag Connection - 02/13/2018

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) honored six USDA-accredited organic certifiers with the first-ever "Investing in INTEGRITY" award at its annual certifiers' training in San Antonio, Texas. The inaugural group of awardees included California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), County of Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA), New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), OneCert, Inc., and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO).

The "Investing in INTEGRITY" award recognizes these certifiers for regularly providing accurate and comprehensive data on certified operations to the online Organic Integrity Database (INTEGRITY) throughout the year. USDA's list of certified organic operations was originally designed to be updated only once a year. Now, with INTEGRITY, USDA organic certifiers may report new operations and changes to existing operations throughout the year using this more customer-friendly online resource.

First launched in 2015, the Organic INTEGRITY Database deters fraud, increases transparency throughout the supply chain and helps increase the market visibility of organic operations. It is administered by the NOP and updated by USDA-accredited certifiers. INTEGRITY makes information about certified organic operations available to the public and ensures certification data is readily available to NOP, other organic certification agencies and state and federal agencies.

In the Fall 2017, INTEGRITY launched a new Data Quality Dashboard. The dashboard helps certifiers see what they are doing well with their data and shows where they could improve. With advancements in technology driving efficiencies and leading efforts to better customer service, INTEGRITY and its Data Quality Dashboard are guiding the organic industry on the path to success through improved data!

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